Public & National Holidays in Malta

Malta is a European Union country that observes the most holidays in a calendar year. Holidays in Malta are established by the country’s law makers under the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act of the Laws of Malta.

Besides these 14 Public and National holidays, the people of Malta celebrate a number of special days like St Anthony the Abbot (January 13), Conversion of St. Paul (January 27), Candlemas (February 2), St. Valentine (February 14) etc. However, these feasts are not declared as public holidays and public and private businesses runs as usual across the country.


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    Holidays in January

    1st - New Year's Day

    Like all other parts of the world, the Maltese Island also celebrates the New Year’s Day on January 1 every year to welcome the new Solar calendar. The day is declared as a public holiday by the Maltese government and banks, schools and public offices remain closed.

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    Holidays in February

    10th - Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck

    St. Paul’s Shipwreck is celebrated on February 10 every year to commemorate Apostle Paul, the most powerful early Christian missionary.

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    Holidays in March

    19th - Feast of St. Joseph

    This feast is celebrated annually on March 19. It is a public holiday under the Laws of Malta.

    31st - Freedom Day

    Freedom Day is observed on March 31 every year to celebrate the anniversary of the withdrawal of British army and navy from the Island (in 1979). Freedom Day is a national holiday under the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act of the Laws of Malta.

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    Holidays in April

    Friday preceding Easter Sunday - Good Friday

    The Christian community of Malta observes Good Friday on the Friday proceeding the Easter Sunday to honour the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Calvary. Since it is linked with Easter, Good Friday is a movable feast that is observed on any Friday between March 22 to April 25.

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    Holidays in May

    1st - Workers' Day

    Like all other countries in the world, the Maltese Island also observes Worker’s/ Labour’s Day on May 1 every year, to praise achievements of the labour movement.

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    Holidays in June

    7th - Sette Giugno

    It is observed on the 7th of June every year and is declared as the national holiday across the Maltese Island.

    29th - Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

    This feast is celebrated on June 29 every year.

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    Holidays in August

    15th - Feast of the Assumption

    Like all other Roman Catholic states, the Maltese Island also observes the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady on August 15.

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    Holidays in September

    8th - Victory Day

    Victory Day or the Feast of Our Lady of Victories is celebrated on September 8 every year to commemorate the victory of the Great Siege against the Turks by the Knights of St. John in 1565. Victory Day makes the third of the total five national holidays in Malta.

    21st - Independence Day

    September 21 is celebrated as the Independence Day in Malta and is also a national holiday.

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    Holidays in December

    8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

    This feast is observed annually on December 8.

    13th - Republic Day

    Republic Day is the last national holiday observed across the Maltese Island, on December 13 every year.

    25th Christmas Day

    Like all other parts of the world, people of Malta also observe Christmas Day on December 25, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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